By developing a leadership mindset, teachers are better able to inspire and facilitate a deeper and more meaningful learning environment. In Establishing a Leadership Mindset: A Guide to Using the Power of the Human Brain to Motivate Learning, educators are provided with high-impact strategies supported by recent advances in cognitive science and brain physiology. Furthermore, because these strategies support productive neuronal growth, they ensure maximum learning for a greater diversity of students, leading to a closure of achievement gaps and a more equitable opportunity for success. These strategies are universal and can be adapted to any subject matter at any level and have been replicated in the crucible of the classroom, department, division, college-wide, and system-wide with amazing results.
Using the multiplying effects of a leadership mentality throughout a team or organization naturally results in buy-in to constant improvement—for students and teachers, as well as employees and supervisors. The inspirational goal of providing a learning/growth environment which moves others beyond their self-perceived limitations is shared by all leaders, whether they lead students, children, athletes, employees, soldiers, colleagues, or others. By applying the concepts and principles in this book, readers are able to enhance their own lives in their journey to enhancing the lives of others through their lead-by-example approach.
Relying on experiences as a paratrooper and commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, and with over two and a half decades as a chemistry instructor, department chair, divisional director, dean of instruction, and vice-chancellor for teaching and learning, Tony Holland has given over 100 presentations on teaching, learning, and leading at multiple state and national conferences, as well as over 60 colleges and universities around the country. He has also had several articles published on these same topics.
Chapter One: Mindset for Success
Chapter Two: Establishing a Leadership Ethic
Chapter Three: Paradigms for Success
Chapter Four: Kaizen is Key to Transformation
Chapter Five: Intentional Teaching
Chapter Six: Five Strategies for Course Redesigns
Chapter Seven: Neurology of Learning
Chapter Eight: Problem-Solving Using Data
Chapter Nine: Achieving Faculty Buy-In for Transformation
Holland’s Establishing a Leadership Mindset: A Guide to Using the Power of the Human Brain to Motivate Learning is a “must read” for community college board members, presidents, fellow staff members, and all of those teaching professionals. No one brings more relevant experience in the design and implementation of effective strategies to the open-door college than does Tony Holland. He has spent his career helping faculty design creative and successful learning strategies in their classrooms and labs. This volume provides good insights and practical advice for getting students more actively and positively engaged in the learning process. The book emphasizes “the how” in positive student involvement and the roles that all personnel play in helping community colleges truly make good on the promise of the open door.
Leadership is critical throughout America’s community colleges. Tony Holland reminds the reader of the critical nature of instructional leadership in developing equitable learning opportunities for all students. Drawing upon Carol Dweck’s focus on growth mindset, and brain development, faculty and other learning leaders are provided strategies for instilling belief and engaging underserved students who, all too often, contribute to a fixed mindset and self-fulfilling poor outcomes. Tony draws upon his extensive experience in working with faculty to create and implement effective strategies that contribute to achievement by fostering underlying belief in students’ ability to learn. Establishing a Leadership Mindset: A Guide to Using the Power of the Human Brain to Motivate Learning, a must-read for effectively working with incoming students, provides motivation and is a seasoned practitioner’s guide for practical strategies to improve student success.
Tony Holland is a seasoned instructional leader with a rare talent; he knows how to herd strategies for student success through institutional pastures, and he has a gift for capturing the journey through robust writing. Establishing a Leadership Mindset: A Guide to Using the Power of the Human Brain to Motivate Learning reflects a lifetime of creative thinking and problem solving anchored in his vision for change in his astute observation that “Making an uncommon commitment to a common goal of improving and expanding learning produces uncommon results.” If you read this book carefully and resonate to its message of hope and student success encapsulated in proven instructional strategies, you will discover uncommon results in your own work.